Match Report: MW4 Newcastle Jets v Bulls

Puyo First Goal

Macarthur FC have continued their unbeaten away record this season with a 2-1 victory over the Jets in Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

With the Bulls missing the start in their previous two outings, Sunday was in stark contrast with the A-League newcomers drawing first blood inside the opening 10 minutes in the Hunter.

An early contender for goal of the year saw a deflected Ivan Franjic cross find Loïc Puyo inside the box, before the Frenchman netted a spectacular bicycle kick in the 7th minute.

With the breeze at their backs, the Bulls looked sharp and continuously threatened Newcastle’s defence.

13 minutes later Puyo was in the thick of the action again, this time turning provider for striker Matt Derbyshire to open his A-League scoring account with a neat header to the near post from a well-directed corner.

Midway through the first half the Bulls looked to have the game in total control however the Jets wouldn’t go away and almost hit back through Jason Hoffman before being overturned by VAR.

The Jets eventually would claw back a goal through some scrambling attack on the goal line just before the half time break through Kuach Yuel.

The second 45 minutes was all one way traffic from the Jets, with the Bulls defence tested for majority of the second stanza.

The Jets were handed several chances, however desperate defence from the Bulls extinguished the threats.

The full-time score would remain 2-1 in favour of the Bulls.

Macarthur FC Head Coach Ante Milicic said post-match.

“Our opening 35 minutes was very good, however the second half, we stopped playing. That was not us. We were hiding.”

“We didn’t play out – we went long, direct. There was a strong breeze at the ground, we lost the second balls.”

“It was a very transitional game for us and we had a couple of tired bodies out there, we just couldn’t get a hold of the game in the second half.

“The difference from the first was too big but in the end, they held on well and we take three points from a difficult place.” Milicic said.